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Is it an epilepsy disorder if somebody has brain problems and severe myoclonic jerks?

Is it an epilepsy disorder if somebody has brain problems and severe myoclonic jerks?

Epilepsy: is recurrent unprovoked seizures. People with myoclonic jerks may have a type of Epilepsy. Anoic brain injury can cause myoclonic seizures. One also sees Myoclonic seizures as part of the Epilepsy syndrome Juvenille Myoclonic Epilepsy. If unsure consult a Neurologist who treats seizures. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Myoclonic Jerks (Definition)

Myoclonic jerks is a symptom where a person has involuntary contraction of a discrete group of muscles. Hiccups is one example. Myoclonic jerks is also normal when it occurs as a person is falling asleep. In other circumstances, it can ...Read more


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What is myoclonus?

What is myoclonus?

Sudden muscle jerk: Myoclonus is a sudden limb or trunk jerk which is involuntary. It can be associated with sleep issues, both benign and disruptive, but also can be a consequence of epilepsy, hypoxia, and following brain infections, such as hiv. Management depends on causation. ...Read more

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What causes myoclonus and how can I address the symptoms?

What causes myoclonus and how can I address the symptoms?

Numerous causes: Brief list: normal jerks on falling asleep, but problem if it awakens (plms). Associated with epilepsy (juvenile myoclonic), spinal cord inflammation (aid's), following hypoxia (lance-adams), organ failure (kidney, liver), metabolic and medication reactions. Meds that seem to work best here include depakote, keppra, and maybe lamictal. Other drugs used in epilepsy, may make worse. ...Read more

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Is there a method of preventive care for myoclonus?

Is there a method of preventive care for myoclonus?

Yes: Several medicines seem to prevent myoclonus in both epilepsy and other conditions. The best accepted include Depakote and keppra. Some medicines make it worse. Nocturnal myoclonus might respond to Requip or mirapex. ...Read more

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Could frequent hypnic jerks be a sign of epilepsy?

Could frequent hypnic jerks be a sign of epilepsy?

Not necessarily: It depends on what you truly experience. In its true sense, hypnic jerks are not related to epilepsy. But many people mistake hypnic jerks for myoclonus. Myoclonus may be a sign of epilepsy. It best to differentiate the two with a consult to a sleep medicine specialist which may likely lead to a sleep study with overnight electroencephalography (depending on your symptoms). ...Read more

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Please tell me can frequent hypnic jerks be a sign of epilepsy?

?nocturnal events?: Myoclonic jerks upon falling asleep are well within the normal range of behavior and do not signify epilepsy. Such jerks while asleep may be true nocturnal myoclonus. more commonly termed PLMS, and is a sleep disorder, not epilepsy. However, if jerks do occur sporadically during day in addition to above, get evaluation for possible epilepsy. ...Read more

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What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

Sudden jerks: Myoclonus involves a sudden involuntary jumping of a limb or even the trunk. It can be benign, as legs may jerk on going to sleep, or it can be very troublesome after contact with inadequate oxygen (hypoxia). A typical myoclonic epilepsy is "juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" which is not uncommon, and has the jerking, but also episodes of loss of consciousness. Specific meds are needed. ...Read more

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5yo child diagnosed with sleep myoclonus, sleep is interrupted, what r essential blood tests required to see wat medical conditions could b causing it?

5yo child diagnosed with sleep myoclonus, sleep is interrupted, what r essential blood tests required to see wat medical conditions could b causing it?

?????????: Sleep myoclonus is a normal variant seen occasionally. There is no "blood test" to verify or exclude it. The most aggressive investigation that might confirm or exclude it would be a video-EEG with the patients events recorded for clinical review. I would only pursue that if their were concerns for Rholandic epilepsy or similar problem. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers?

What is the meaning of myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers?

Genetic disease: It is a genetic disease that results from abnormalities in parts of the cells called mitochondria which carry out oxygen-dependent reactions. In this type, the patient has myoclonus: sudden jerks in arms and legs due to abnormal discharges in brain, usually without loss of consciousness and weakness in muscles. The abnormal mitochondria look like ragged fibers when examined under microscope. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get seizure like shakes when sleeping then wake up with a migraine I've been tested for epilepsy results were neg what else is causing it?

Sometimes I get seizure like shakes when sleeping then wake up with a migraine I've been tested for epilepsy results were neg what else is causing it?

Sleep disorder: You most likely have nocturnal myoclonus (paroxysmal limb movements in sleep), and this disruption could trigger migraines, but cannot exclude sleep apnea. Suggest overnight sleep study and evaluation by sleep specialist. Doubt this is any type of epilepsy ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

Epilepsy is also known as Seizure disorder. Seizures are sudden involuntary abnormal electrical events in the brain as a result of genetic predisposition or acquired disease processes when they recur epilepsy is the term ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more